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A new measure will stimulate the digitisation of agricultural farms in CAP 2023-2027 It will support activities such as the implementation of precision agriculture, robotization of manufacturing processes in the farm and digital marketing. This was clear during a video conference meeting of the Themed Task Force (TRG) to develop a Strategic Plan for Agriculture and Rural Development for the period 2023-2027

The draft measure "Investment in digitalisation of agricultural holdings” aims to encourage the use of digital technologies in the agricultural sector, such as meteorological stations, sensors, sensors, etc., to support decision-making on farms.

According to the Strategy for Digitization of Agriculture and Rural Areas in Bulgaria, robotics and automation in agriculture will increase the productivity of farms in the plant growing and livestock breeding sectors in order the goals of the Green Deal and the Farm to fork Strategy to be achieved.

Farmers, producer groups and organizations will be able to apply for support. The support is provided in the form of reimbursement of eligible costs up to 50% of the total amount, incurred by the beneficiaries. The minimum amount of eligible costs for one project proposal is 15,000 euros, and the maximum is up to 100,000 euros.

The Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System (AIS) has been presented during the TWG. It brings together a wide range of stakeholders to raise the level of education and awareness of farmers and foresters. The system will help by facilitating the transfer of scientific knowledge to bridge the gap between science and practice in agriculture.

The JSIS will support the creation and maintenance of an interactive online information platform with a database of available innovations, research and other knowledge in the fields of agriculture, forestry and the food industry.

The platform will be used as a tool and source of new knowledge mainly by agricultural advisors, scientific organizations to present and promote their developments and innovations, as well as by farmers, to seek knowledge and materials of interest and information on practices, innovative solutions. and events that interest them.

Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the National Agricultural Councils, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), vocational high schools in the field of agriculture and forestry, private training and branch organizations, farmers, producer organizations etc. are among the main users of the system

The project for establishing a National Common Agricultural Policy Network has also been discussed at the meeting. The Network Management Unit and its 28 regional units will assist in the knowledge sharing between the participants by organizing information events, good practices presentations for, information and clarifications on CAP support opportunities.

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